Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Options for noting sources
I, too, use Legacy and the way Legacy deals with sources can be a bit
confusing but one of the things I find most useful is the source "type"
entry. This list comes complete with a pre-installed "vital" type but can
easily be customized to reflect any kind of source you wish to designate --
in your case, "Death Certificate," for example. When one goes to the
master source TYPE" list and selects "Death Certificate" one can then hit
the "show list" button and a list of all individuals whose sources are of
that type will be displayed. The real issue, in my view, is to be able to
keep your master source list at a manageable size while, at the same time,
being able to make individual use of the "text" tab in the source itself.
Sourcing is a never-ending issue but always seems to come back to the basics
as far as asking yourself "does this source notation provide all the
necessary information for me (or someone else) to be able to go back from
scratch and re-verify the attendant fact?" If it does, then the sequence in
which that information is filed is pretty much up to you.
For much more information, and many more opinions from other Legacy users, I
would suggest you go to the Legacy web site and subscribe to the Legacy
Users Group. Currently discussion is hot and heavy over the new pre-release
Version 5 program and how we are liking the changes/additions but other
general topics are there as well. Also, while at the home page, you might
want to check out the "Tips" link on the left side... some good info there,
Date: Tuesday, October 07, 2003 16:55:42
Subject: [Genealogy Research Club] Options for noting sources
I have a few questions about the "correct" way to not a source. In
particular I am working with a series of death certificates of
relatives who died in Minnesota in the past century. I have obtained
copies of their Death Certificates and I usually fill out a Master
Source listing for each individual.
My software program (Legacy) asks for a Source List Name,Author, and
Publication Facts (place, date, etc). I usually list the Title
as "Death Certificate for John Doe" as opposed to John Doe Death
Certificate". That way all my Death Certificate appear in one area of
my Source list. I list the Author as "The State of Minnesota" and
under Publication Facts I list "Minnesota Division of Birth Death and
Vital Records, and the date of the record" My program then allows for
a Source Detail and I list the line number for the item I am noting
such as Date of Death, Cause of Death, etc. I also scan a copy of the
image and attach it to the source so if I view it I have an image as
Does this sound like a good way of doing this? Any thoughts?
On a similar note, when I use a Morman/LDS microfilm of a Civil
Document I usually list the information about the document in the
Source listing but use the LDS film number and any other notations as
the Source Detail.
Chris in Kingwood
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